Sticks For Me

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by nepas, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Going to do some slim jims for myself this time. Here is the ingredients. Undecided if i want to use fermento or eca yet. Doing 5 lbs and vac seal to take to NOLA and snack on with some friends.

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  2. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Sounds like fun.. keep us posted on how this goes!
     
  3. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    lookin forward to the finish pic's!
     
  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Holy guacamole..that's a lot of ingredients there.

    What's in the bowl with the blue lid??

    Waiting patiently for the rest of the story.

    Thanks and have a great day!!

      Craig
     
  5. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Getting ready to mix all this up for sticks. I'm going with the 5 lbs batch. Just reduce the recipe in half for 5 lbs ( recipe below)

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    Recipe

    For 10 pounds. If you want a 5 pound batch just cut everything in half
    10 pounds of lean beef, any type of cut will do.
    2 level tsp Cure#1, If doing 10lb mix cure with 2 Tbs water, 5lb mix with 1 Tbs water, mix to dissolve. Add into meat with other items.
    4 Tbsp paprika
    6 tbsp ground mustard
    1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 tsp white pepper
    1 tsp ground celery seed (you can grind this a tad if you like)
    1 Tbsp mace
    1 tsp granulated garlic
    1 Tbsp granulated onion
    2 1/2 ounces salt or 3-4 Tbs to taste
    1/2 tsp marjoram
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 cup Molasses or Black Strap or Dark corn syrup or cane syrup, whichever you like.
    6 ounces Fermento or powdered buttermilk. You can also use ECA If you dont have the other 2. And if you dont have any just run down to the store and get some buttermilk, Use 1.5 cups for 10 lbs and 3/4 cup for 5 lbs of meat. Dont mix the cure into the BM.

    Add all above and mix very well.
    Stuff into 17-19mm collagen casings. Smoke as normal
     
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now that is a mess of ingredients for sure. I think that the list sounds pretty good and all. I wouldn't mine tring this one.
     
  7. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Got them stuffed, kinda tight on the 20mm casing.

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    In the smoker.

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    Temp is steady for 1 hour. Close to smoke time.

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    Opened the bottom door to put the wood in.

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    Had a blow out from stuffing to tight. So i had to improvise some.

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    Blooming pics later.
     
  8. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thats ground celery seed
     
     
  9. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Got the sticks done and blooming now.

    Here they are close to comeing out of the smoker.

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    Used my Maverick (normally dont) but it beats going out in the cold and ice every hour to check temps. Thats the pool out there.

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    Blooming sticks.

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    Going to paper bag them in the fridge for a couple days.
     
  10. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Got the sticks cut and ready to bag. The ones with the ends cut are the sticks that had the casing malfunction.

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  11. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Looks good to me! i don't see any casing malfunctions from here!!!! course you could send me some for closer inspection!!!!
     
  12. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look darn good as always Nepas. What size casing did you use? In the last couple pictures they looked large, like a 24-26. Hmmm just rereading your recipe and I don't see a binder. Interesting
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome looking sticks as usual coming from a little North of here!!   [​IMG]

    Thanks for the views,

    Bear
     
  14. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I dont use binders much. The casings are 17 and 20mm. I used some of the older vac sealed 20mm, them are the ones i stuffed tight and popped the ends off.

    EDIT ON THE RECIPE: You can use more than 1-2 Tbs of water to mix the cure in to dissolve. Use as much as 3/4 - 1 cup of water, Mix in the other dry and molassas to the cure water and you will have a thick mix, This incorporates better into the meat. Sorry for not being clear on the original post.
     
  15. down lowe

    down lowe Fire Starter

    I am going to try this one.  thanks for sharing the details!
     

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